STILLWATER, Okla (Sporting Alert) — The Oklahoma State University women’s basketball head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were both killed in a tragic plane crash Thursday night.
The pair were riding in a single-engine plane and were on a recruiting trip. The university said that the plane crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas, which is about 45 miles west of Little Rock.
No one survived that crash.
“There were no survivors,” the university statement said.
OSU President Burns Hargis said: “The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.
“Kurt was an exemplary leader and a man of character who had a profound impact on his student-athletes.
“He was an outstanding coach and a wonderful person. We send our deepest sympathies to his wife, Shelley, and their children, Sara, Alex and Brett.”
“Coach Budke elevated our women’s basketball program to new levels of success,” Hargis continued. “He and his staff raised our profile in the nation’s toughest conference.”
“Miranda was an up-and-coming coach and an outstanding role model for our young ladies.”
As expected, Oklahoma State canceled the scheduled women’s college basketball home matches for Saturday and Sunday.
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